Phase 1 – Investigation
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Responsibility of CMP Members
In order to achieve the objectives of the Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP), and as per the 1981 CMP Terms of Reference, the three CMP Members make their decisions by consensus about all aspects of the Committee’s operations and activities, both short- and long-term. At the operational level, the CMP Members have a particular involvement and responsibility during the Investigative Phase. Before Members authorise any excavations, the cases of possible burial locations are first jointly reviewed by the Members, Assistants and the CMP investigation teams.
CMP’s investigation unit is responsible for the collection and analysis of information and data in order to identify potential burial sites for excavation. CMP teams from both Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities carry out the entire investigation under strict rules of confidentiality.
The data is collected from a variety of sources and a range of technologies is applied, including satellite imagery, geophysical data, drones, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The investigators engage with family members and witnesses by applying memory enhancing and cognitive interviewing techniques. Primary, secondary and in some cases even tertiary witnesses and informants from both communities, who may have information about events that took place in 1963-64 and 1974, are consulted. The investigation unit also draws on the information gathered in archival materials by CMP’s archive research team.